3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

3 days in North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina Mountains trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Bryson City
— 1 day
Drive
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Valle Crucis
— 1 night
Drive
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Old Fort
— 1 night
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Drive to Asheville Regional Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Bryson City

— 1 day
The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): try your luck at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bryson City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

New York City to Bryson City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from New York City in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bryson City, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Valle Crucis.

Things to do in Bryson City

Casinos · Fun & Games · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Valle Crucis

— 1 night
Valle Crucis in an unincorporated community located in Watauga County, North Carolina, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Dutch Creek Trails. On the 2nd (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Grandfather Mountain, stroll through The Valle Crucis Community Park, and then trot along with Dutch Creek Trails.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Valle Crucis trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bryson City to Valle Crucis in 3 hours. When traveling from Bryson City in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Valle Crucis: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Old Fort.

Things to do in Valle Crucis

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Old Fort

— 1 night
Old Fort is a town in McDowell County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mitchell State Park and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Old Fort sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Valle Crucis to Old Fort in 1.5 hours. In October, Old Fort is a bit warmer than Valle Crucis - with highs of 72°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Old Fort

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

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History Museums · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.